Crochet Baby Cardigan Pattern

crochet light blue baby cardigan

I crocheted this light blue baby cardigan for our future grandson.  This post shows you the pattern for crocheting this baby cardigan. My daughter and son-in-law are expecting and we are so excited to meet our new grandson! It was such a treat to be able to make something for my grandson who I love so much already.

Yarn: light blue baby cardigan using Baby Bee Sweet Delight Chunky yarn.

Color: The color is baby blue.

I used a little less than 2.5 skeins of yarn. (I still have a good bit of the skein of yarn).

Hook: 6.5

Special Note:

The gauge of your yarn and the size of your hook may require you to alter this or any pattern. Hence, to ensure this cardigan would be sized for a 6-month old, I continuously measured as I crocheted. I used the size chart from Craft Yarn Council as my guide.

Also, I try to understand a pattern and not just mindlessly follow it. This helps me to double-check myself as I crochet. For this reason, I am supplementing the actual pattern with more detail so you too can understand how the cardigan is constructed.

Yoke:

Chain 31 (measuring approximately 29 cm or 11.5 inches) and then chain 1 more for a turning chain.

Below is the pattern for each row:

Use a stitch marker when you crochet *3hdc in a single stitch. This is an essential step so you won’t have to count stitches in each row.

Row 1: hdc in the second ch from the hook and in the next 3 chains (total of 4 hdc), *3 hdc in the next chain, hdc in the next 4 chains, *3 hdc in the next chain, 11 hdc in the next 11 chains, *3 hdc in the next chain, hdc in the next 4 chains, *3 hdc in the next chain, and 4 hdc in the next 4 chains. Chain one as a turning chain.

Row 2: hdc in the second ch from the hook and in the next 3 chains (total of 4 hdc), *2 hdc in the next chain, hdc in the next 4 chains, *2 hdc in the next chain, 11 hdc in the next 11 chains, *2 hdc in the next chain, hdc in the next 4 chains, *2 hdc in the next chain, and 4 hdc in the next 4 chains. Chain one as a turning chain.

NOTES:

    • The major difference between row 1 (and all odd number rows) and 2 (and all even number rows) is instead of doing *3 hdc in some stitches, you will only do *2 hdc in these single stitches. For clarity, all odd number rows have *3 hdc in some stitches and in all even number rows have *2hdc in some stitches.
    • When you are crocheting *2hdc in a single stitch (in even number rows), do this in the middle of the three stitches. When finished, add a stitch marker in the stitch that closest aligns to the previous row’s single stitch with multiple hdc stitches. This will be the stitch in which you add *3hcd when crocheting the next row.
    • When you are crocheting *3 hdc in a single stitch (in odd number rows), do this in middle stitch which will align with the previous row’s single stitch with multiple hdc. Notice in the picture below how the holes align diagonally – – these are the single stitches that have multiple hdc stitches.

Rows 3,5, 7, and 9: hdc in each stitch, when you get to a stitch marker, 3 hdc in this single stitch.

Rows 4, 6, and 8: hdc in each stitch, when you get to a stitch marker, 2 hdc in this single stitch.

Look closely at the picture below of the yoke laid flat. Notice each diagonal line of holes ending where I have a stitch counter. These holes are where I did either 2 or 3 hdc in one stitch to create this shape. (I alternated between 2 and 3 hdc each row to get the right should angle on the final yoke).

Below is a picture of the same yoke folded over to resemble the shape of the cardigan. The front and back diagonal lines of holes pointed out above are now lined up. This will create an armhole on each side.

Body:

As you start crocheting on the body, it is important to allocate the right size for the armhole (armhole depth should be 3.5 inches for a total circumference of 7 inches).

Row 10: sc in each stitch. On the underside of the armhole, chain three (see the stitch markers in the picture below) under each arm.

In the picture below in which the yoke is folded in the shape of a cardigan, you can see the three chains stitches adjacent to the stitch markers. This forms the foundation for the next row.

Row 11-25: hdc in every stitch, at the end of each row, chain two for a turning chain, start the next row with a hdc in the fourth stitch from the hook.

Row 26:  Alternate between fpdc and bpdc for the final row, which makes the final edging.

Arms:

Find the middle of the underarm.

Row 1: hdc in each stitch all the way around for the first row. When you reach where you started, skip a stitch. (24 stitches)

Rows 2-4: hdc in each stitch all the way around. When you reach where you started, skip a stitch.  Once there are 21 stitches in a row, you will no longer skip a stitch.

Rows 5-13: hdc in each stitch all the way around (21 stitches)

Row 14: Alternate between fpdc and bpdc for the final row, which makes the final edging.

The total length from under the arm to the end of the sleeve is 6.5 inches.

Edging:

Bottom:

Alternate between fpdc and bpdc for the final row, which makes the final edging.

Left and Front Sides:

sc along the edge of the left and right sides. Then, alternate between fpdc and bpdc for the final row, which makes the final edging.

Collar:

sc along the edge of the left and right sides. Then, alternate between fpdc and bpdc for the final row, which makes the final edging.

The measurement from the top of the collar to the bottom of the hem is 12.25 inches.

Weaving in Yarn Tails:

Use a tapestry needle to weave the yarn tails in the sweater so you don’t see them. Below is a video showing you how to do this.

Matching Baby Beanie with Bear Ears:

Click HERE to see the baby beanie with bear ears to go with this sweater. I actually made this before we learned we were going to be grandparents.

Let me know what you think or if you have any questions about this pattern for crocheting a baby cardigan by posting below.

If you don’t know how to crochet and want to learn, click HERE to check out my post Learn How to Crochet: Crochet for Beginners.

Happy Crocheting!

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